Sunday, September 14, 2014

"Come Set a Spell" watercolor

Watercolor 10x13" on Arches 300# cold press.  These chairs are just a few of the treasures in my sister's collection of wonderful stuff.   She waited two years for me to come visit so I could paint them rusty.  She can now paint them :-}

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Music for the Soul

Watercolour on 300 Arches paper...Music for the Soul ..

Saturday, September 6, 2014

My Tiger

Mollie posted her tiger from the workshop so here is my vignette.  11x15 watercolor and India ink on 140 lb cold press paper, done in our recent Painting Friends/Splash Florida class; photo courtesy Stephie Butler. She taught us how to cut a drinking straw at an angle, dip in ink, then apply to black areas. When dry, apply paint to dry paper and highlight colored areas you want.  I stuck orange next to blue on the animal's left side by his mouth for a dab of complementary hues.
Image COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Sara Genn Letter

I just loved this mornings letter and wanted to share it here if anyone has some comments on it!

In 1726, at the age of 20, Benjamin Franklin outlined in detail a thirteen-week plan
to achieve what he called "moral perfection." Each week the schedule tackled a
specific virtue -- cleanliness, moderation, industry, tranquillity, temperance, etc.
Franklin tracked his own progress in a little book. "What good shall I do this day?"
read a morning chart. The precision of his scheme usually brought results, though
areas where he struggled included keeping his papers tidy and his love of beer.

"Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition," wrote Anglo-American poet
W. H. Auden in 1958. Auden believed that a strict schedule was essential to
creativity -- a way of metering the muse into regular, controlled doses. "A modern
stoic knows that the surest way to discipline passion is to discipline time: decide
what you want or ought to do during the day, then always do it at exactly the same
moment every day, and passion will give you no trouble."

Choreographer Twyla Tharp, in her 2003 book "The Creative Habit," describes each day
as the same: waking, consuming the same breakfast of three hard-boiled egg whites and
a cup of coffee, putting on workout clothes and legwarmers, walking out of her
Manhattan apartment, hailing a taxi and asking the driver to take her to the Pumping
Iron gym at 91st Street and First Avenue, where she works out for two hours. "The
ritual is not the stretching and weight training I put my body through each morning at
the gym;" she says. "The ritual is the cab. The moment I tell the driver where to go,
I have completed the ritual."

"Being creative," says Tharp, "is an everyday thing, a job with its own routines.
That's why writers, for example, like to establish a routine. The most productive ones
get started early in the morning when phones aren't ringing and their minds are rested
and not polluted by other people's words. They might set a goal--1500 words or stay at
their desk until noon--but the real secret is that they do this every day. After a
while it becomes a habit.

"This is no different for a painter finding his way to the easel or a medical
researcher returning to the laboratory. The routine is as much a part of the creative
process as the lightning bolt of inspiration (perhaps more). And it is available to
everyone. If creativity is a habit, then the best creativity is the result of good
work habits. They are the nuts and bolts of dreaming."

When reflecting on her own lifelong routine, Tharp is pragmatic. "It's actively
anti-social," she says. "On the other hand, it is pro-creative."



Happy Budda

Hi. I am seeing if I would have trouble posting here so this is a practice post. I will let you know if I have trouble like Diane. This is a section from my painting "Free Spirit". I wanted to highlight the Budda. This is a 5x7 in an 8x10 mat.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Texans go to Florida

Nita, Mollie and I posing inside the Indian Rocks Beach Art Center I think mid-week as we don't look too tired yet.  We sure had a fantastic time with the Painting Friends group on the beach and seeing how the other half lives.

Odd Feedback

I am sorry that I now have cleaned my emails as Diane first mentioned that she was getting an email after she posted that said something about declined and then my name. I have been back in settings and see nothing that is different back there so cannot figure out what is happening. Today Suzy said it said that to her. Is anyone else receiving this message after posting and if so can you post it here again or send what it says exactly...I thought I knew but now I am not sure about it. Maybe individual settings have changed as I do not see anything that has changed on blogger itself. Thanks!!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Old Rusty- Sold today, thanks to Kay Smith

I got an email today from a man in Florida, wanting to buy this painting. I have held onto it for a while. For some reason it has always been one of my favorites. I loved the colors in it, I guess.
Anyway, today, I let it go.  He said that he got one from Kay Smith and she gave him my address.
Thanks Kay! I appreciate it!

Another $ale

Another sale! This quarter sheet vintage 1940s old GMC, Rusted Jimmy, just sold to a new collector.  I had posted it here on AC in 2010.  Yay!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

No two artists intrepret a scene the same way...Friday's acrylic class

It's always so much fun to me how everyone paints something so completely different from the same photo. Love that.   I think I'm finally recovered from my two week trip to Michigan.  Took awhile to get back in the swing of things.  I really had fun with family and friends and the two workshops I taught.  Working on schedules now for four workshops there next year.  Can't wait to go back.  I've sure miss a lot of wonderful postings here. Will try to catch up on the comments.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Woohoo! More Sales!

After getting in from a long weekend mountain trip to New Mexico, a new collector came by and purchased these two watercolors.  Yay!  We reviewed some framing tips on matting and presentation then she left to return to California.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tiger Eyes

Here is one of the paintings completed last week at a workshop in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla....Stephie Butler from the UK was our demo her technique although it isn't the way I paint.  Took me a couple of really "bad" paintings to get the hang of painting loose...sure was fun...and to drop in crazy color in on a tiger's portrait was even more fun.  Believe me...y'all will never see the paintings I did of people...not gonna happen...ha.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Horse Of A Different Color

SOLD!!! FOR $10,000! TO A RETIRED VETERINARIAN who has generously agreed to donate it back to Return To Freedom for touring! ~ The sculpture, "Horse Power", is the scout horse for an upcoming event called "Horse of a Different Color" for saving the wild horses of America. A few of us artists at the Art-A-Fair painted it.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bottle Label Hibiscus Cocktail

Two sample bottles of this special cocktail arrived yesterday featuring my pale lilac-pink hibiscus image that I licensed to Son of Jen's company...can't wait to taste it!

Sudderth Drive

12x9 watercolor, painted last Monday while studying with Mollie and Nita in Florida. The day's lesson was on perspective as taught by instructor Wyna Woodford who lives in Montana.  I used my own photograph of Ruidoso, NM's main street traffic and pedestrians, however and not the street scene provided.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Painting Watercolor Portraits

Two portrait works in progress from a Stephie Butler workshop.

First, the young girl. This one is almost done. I will add a few small details and leave the rest as is.

Second, the old man. I selected this subject to learn wrinkles (character lines), beards and fabric. I have more to do on this painting.

I've been wanting to get back to portraits, and this workshop did the job. Generally, I paint portraits with oil paint, and I'm glad to have learned this watercolor technique as it is just what I've been looking for. I will be focused on portraits for some time to come.

Vernita Hoyt

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hi Everyone, I'm Baaaack:)

Hi from Japan,

I just wanted to let you know that I'm back and almost got lost in translation.  Since I now have a  Japanese IP address with a .jp at the end of all websites so some American websites work and some don't.  I have been having a heck of a time with blogger and I finally got it figured out, I think, but everything is still in Japanese, for instance the login section, etc.  So it's been trial and error.  I haven't even blogged on my personal blog since April, aaaahhh!

We are settling in here.  We have a house and our stuff now.  The kids start school next week, and yes it is an American school.  Things are already super busy.  Brian has a high stress job as a Squadron Commander and I have many duties that come with his job, such as running a program that helps take care of the spouses in the squadron.  As I sit here typing I'm covered in frosting after just backing about 100 cupcakes and 100 wrench cookies (Brian is Air Craft Maintenance) and I'm hosting a spouse meeting tomorrow night.

I am painting, but need to be painting faster.  I have a group gallery show in Charleston, SC that I need to have 3 paintings done by August 31st.  I'm trying to balance it all but I'm certainly putting exploring Japan on the front burner.  Today was the first day that I have driven off base all by my lonesome, well the boys were with me, but it was big step for me.  Driving on the opposite side of the road takes some getting used to and there are several Japanese laws that scare me a little so I've been hesitant.  But I made it today and I think I'm over my fear.  Nothing is stopping me now:)

Anyway good to be back.  I've been keeping track of most of you on Facebook:)

p.s. I'm not even going to attempt to understand Kanji to post descriptions under the pictures so the top one is Sake barrels left as a gift at the Meiji Shrine, next one down is a manhole cover in a neighboring town named Mizuho, next is a lady in a Kimono on her cell phone, loved her black and white kimono, and bottom one is one of the doors to the Meiji Shrine.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Foiled Again

I know...foil has been done before...but it's so much fun! This is another miniature, (the shows are around the corner) and measures 2 5/8 x 4 3/4. Mollie, come home already! Your garden is overflowing with 'maters!!!